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Opportunity Scholarship

We created our Opportunity Scholarship for undocumented students who live in states where they effectively have no access to college – either because they face paying out-of-state tuition or because their state will simply not admit them into its universities. We call these locked-out states.

You may be eligible for the Opportunity Scholarship if you live in one of these locked-out states:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The Opportunity Scholarship Award will cover your tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals at one of our Partner Colleges out of state up to a maximum of $80,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

The award follows students through the completion of a bachelor’s degree and is renewable each year – Recipients must meet the continuing eligibility criteria, including continuous full-time enrollment, and renew the award each summer.

If you live in one of the locked-out states, you may choose to attend one of these Partner Colleges in another state:


This scholarship may be for you if you:

  • Meet the Immigration Eligibility Criteria

  • You have significant unmet financial need

  • You meet the academic criteria

Here are the criteria:

  • You are undocumented and came to the United States before November 1, 2018, and have continuously lived in the United States since then or have DACA or TPS;

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16 (if you were born in the U.S. – you are not eligible for our scholarship);

  • Have significant unmet financial need;

  • Live in and have graduated or will graduate from a high school in a targeted locked-out state by the end of the 2023-2024 academic year;

  • Graduated or will graduate with a high school GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better;

  • Intend to relocate to and enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an Opportunity Partner College in the Fall term of the 2024-2025 academic year.

How To Apply

Use our step-by-step Application Guide to:

  1. DETERMINE if you can apply
  2. COMPLETE the application
  3. SUBMIT & MONITOR your application status
  4. LOOK OUT for the Award notification (March-April 2024)
  5. ACCEPT THE AWARD by the deadline
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